As reported in the Palo Alto Weekly, Volume XXVII, No. 25, Wednesday, December 28, 2005...
Eric Hutchinson, 84, Stanford Chemist died November 14th. Born Dec 25, 1920 at Mortin, England, he attended the Univ. of Cambridge graduating with his Bachelor's Degree, a Master's Degree and a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry in 1945. While at Cambridge, he met Lillian Tribe, an accountant at the London School of Economics, who had transferred to Cambridge along with the rest of the school when W.W. II began in 1939.
After teaching at Sheffield University for two years, he obtained a post-Doctorate at Stanford. In 1948 he joined the Fordham University faculty, then returned to Stanford as an Asst. Prof. of Chemistry in 1949, earning a full Professorship in 1959.
A highly regarded teacher, he held a number of positions at Stanford including Head of the Chemistry Department and Academic Secretary to the University. He authored and co-authored dozens of scientific papers as well as Chemistry textbooks.
In addition to his teaching accomplishments, he designed Stanford's flags and shields emblems that represents the school to this day, creating the heraldry in 1967 at the request of then President J. E. Wallace Sterling. He also designed the logo used by the Fellowship Forum. As an an accomplished Calligrapher, Eric created the name tags worn by the members and their guests on Ladies Days.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian Tribe. He is survived by his two foster children, Doreen Joul Oliver of Walnut Creek, Ca. and Kevin Cornwell of Sandy, Utah. A memorial service will be held January 6th at Holy Trinity Episcopaly 6th at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 330 Ravenswood Avenue, Menlo Park, Ca. 94025. Memorial donations may be made to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church or the Stanford Historical Society, PO. Box 20028, Stanford, Ca. 94309.